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Archive for Saturday, October 9, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Zombies gather for instructions before making a scary stumble along Massachusetts Street Thursday night, Oct. 7, during the fourth annual Lawrence Zombie Walk. Participants were asked to bring donations for the Humane Society, local food banks and homeless shelters. Lawrence Zombie Walk takes over downtown
7:28 p.m., October 7, 2010 Updated 9:40 p.m. in print edition on 3A
It took Tina Gordzica about 15 minutes to go from the living to the undead Thursday night.
6:00 a.m.
Newly crowned 2010 McLouth High School homecoming king Trevor Roberts shares a smile with queen Logan Terry during Friday’s halftime ceremonies. McLouth senior Trevor Roberts named homecoming king in wake of leg injury
October 9, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Trevor Roberts wore a broad smile Friday through much of McLouth High School’s homecoming game but admitted he was masking other emotions.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas University placed Phi Gamma Delta on probation for two years after concluding a hazing investigation in October 2010. The investigation followed an incident during which KU freshman Matt Fritzie was injured while diving into a makeshift pool at the fraternity house on Sept. 17, 2010. KU puts Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on two-year probation following hazing investigation
1:24 p.m., October 8, 2010 Updated 5:35 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Kansas University has placed Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on probation for two years after concluding a hazing investigation, according to a statement from the university.
2:00 p.m.
A bicyclist rides down Massachusetts Street Friday, past a car loaded with other bicycles. City officials have created a new map, available online at lawrenceks.org/bikemap, to show bicyclists the best routes to get around town. Lawrence officials create map to help bicyclists navigate city
October 8, 2010 in print edition on 1A
A quick look at 23rd Street can scare the Gatorade right out of a novice Lawrence bicyclist. But city officials now have created a city map aimed at showing cyclists that there are many nonintimidating routes to get around the community.
6:00 p.m.
A wagon wheel sits in a low-water area of the Kaw River. Possible covered wagon wheel discovered in Kansas River east of Second Street
October 8, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Luke Stone believes he has found a pioneer covered wagon in the Kansas River just east of Second Street.

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Wayne Simien to have jersey retired on Jan. 29
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C1
Former Kansas basketball All-American Wayne Simien will have his jersey retired in a ceremony on Jan. 29, 2011, the university announced Saturday.
No. 22 Oklahoma St. routs La.-Lafayette
Cowboys’ Weeden tosses 5 TDs
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C5
Brandon Weeden threw five touchdown passes, three of which ignited a second-half rally that boosted No. 22 Oklahoma State to a 54-28 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday night.
McLouth senior Trevor Roberts named homecoming king in wake of leg injury
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
Trevor Roberts wore a broad smile Friday through much of McLouth High School’s homecoming game but admitted he was masking other emotions.
Rangers looking to clinch against Rays
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C7
The Texas Rangers are quickly altering how they’ve been viewed their entire existence.
MLB to hold meeting on umpiring
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C7
Baseball management, players and umpires will have another summit on the state of umpiring on Dec. 3, just ahead of the start of the winter meetings.
Ankiel’s splash sinks Giants in 11
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C7
Rick Ankiel and the Atlanta Braves came through with another comeback when they absolutely needed one.
Twins hoping to avoid elimination vs. Yankees
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C7
Brian Fuentes sounded philosophical.
Stingy Hawks blank Firebirds
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C1
Through the first five weeks of the season, Free State High’s football offense made habit of rolling through opposing defenses with big plays and a speedy running game. That offense was nowhere to be found Friday night.
Bechard seeking ‘Cure’
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C1
A family that creates the right mood in the air can make a band box feel more like a mansion. To know Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard is to suspect the small home in tiny, rural Grinnell he shared with his parents and six siblings felt plenty roomy. “Three bedrooms, one bathroom, about 1,200 square feet,” he said of the home. “We thought we had it pretty good growing up.”
Crimson wins KU swim meet
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C4
Senior Iuliia Kuzhil and freshman Morgan Sharp paced Team Crimson to a narrow 146-141 victory voer Team Blue in Kansas University’s annual intrasquad meet on Friday at Robinson Natatorium.
KU soccer falls to OSU
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C4
Kansas University and Oklahoma State staged a defensive soccer battle on Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. OSU’s defense just happened to be a little bit better.
Eudora runs over Anderson County
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C4
Eudora High had three rushers with more than 100 yards apiece, including Boomer Mays, who rushed eight times for 147 yards and four touchdowns, and the Cardinals rolled up 515 yards of total offense in a 55-6 football rout on Friday night.
Nebraska plans $56 million stadium expansion
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C5
Nebraska revealed a $56 million Memorial Stadium expansion plan Friday that would boost capacity to about 90,000 people and keep it competitive with Big Ten crowds accustomed to massive facilities at Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan.
Focus for CU, MU on game today, not infamous fifth down
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C5
Ken Flajole clearly recalls that something was fishy. On two counts.
Scotts spark Veritas, 72-22
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C3
The brotherly combination of Nate and Ethan Scott was too much for Elwood to handle Friday night. The Veritas Christian duo combined for nine touchdowns, and the Eagles hammered Elwood, 72-22, in high school football.
NFL looking into Favre allegations
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C2
The NFL said Friday it would review allegations involving the Vikings’ Brett Favre, who the website Deadspin said sent racy messages and photos to a former game hostess while he was the Jets’ quarterback in 2008.
Chiefs pose major threat to Colts
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C2
It may be a stretch to say the fifth game of the NFL season is a must-win for a team with the pedigree and recent history of the Indianapolis Colts.
UConn admits violations in men’s hoops
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C2
The University of Connecticut has admitted its men’s basketball program committed major NCAA recruiting violations and has imposed its own sanctions, including two years’ probation and a loss of one scholarship for the next two seasons.
Undefeated Michigan, Michigan State face off
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C6
Rich Rodriguez has coached in just two Michigan-Michigan State games, losing them both, and yet he can sense the next matchup is different.
No. 1 Alabama brings spotlight to South Carolina
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C6
No one handles college football’s center stage like No. 1 Alabama — and few understand that as well as South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.
LSU, Florida to clash
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C6
Florida starts the passer and brings the runner off the bench. LSU starts the runner and brings the passer off the bench.
Show-Me Staters have reason to cheer
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C10
The Post Bar and Grill has 16 beers on tap, 22 flat screens and 70 fantasy leagues. Even better, all three of Missouri’s football teams are actually watchable.
Company withdraws diet pill
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
Abbott Laboratories said Friday it will withdraw its diet pill Meridia in the U.S. and Canada, after coming under pressure from health regulators who say the drug increases the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with a history of heart disease.
Lawrence woman celebrating 100th birthday
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B3
It is not very often that one can say they have reached the century mark. However, Dorothy Armstrong, a resident at Drury Place, can proudly say that she has. Today is her 100th birthday.
Governor killed amid rising violence
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
A powerful bomb killed an outspoken Afghan governor and 19 other worshippers in a crowded mosque Friday in northern Afghanistan, where insurgents are trying to expand their influence beyond the embattled south.
Water dispute ruling good for Kansas
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B2
A federal arbitrator has ruled in favor of Kansas in disputes with Colorado and Nebraska over the use of water from the Republican River.
Wal-Mart ends profit sharing
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation’s largest private employer, plans to end automatic profit-sharing contributions for its employees in a revamp of its benefits package that it says will give workers more chance to share in its financial success.
Gunmen torch 29 NATO oil tankers
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Gunmen armed with a rocket torched 29 NATO oil tankers in southwestern Pakistan before dawn today, the latest attack on the supply line for international troops in Afghanistan since a key border crossing was closed in a dispute with the U.S.
Economy sheds more jobs in September
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
There’s no relief from the jobs crisis — for everyday Americans or lawmakers facing the midterm elections.
Escape shaft nearly reaches trapped miners
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Drillers neared the lower reaches of a gold and copper mine where 33 men have been trapped for more than two months, preparing for a breakthrough today that would unleash a national outpouring of joy.
Report says bomb-sniffing dogs not up to snuff
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
The State Department’s inspector general said Friday that bomb-sniffing dogs in Afghanistan and Iraq aren’t being tested properly and may not be able to effectively detect explosives.
Report: Dems planted candidate
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
A New Jersey Republican congressional candidate criticized his Democratic opponent Friday amid mounting evidence that Democratic officials planted a tea party candidate in the race to siphon off conservative votes.
Missouri senator to propose native contracting bill
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B4
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she wants to strip Alaska Native corporations of the unprecedented edge they now enjoy in obtaining federal contracts worth billions of dollars.
Man dies in head-on collision after deer hit
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B8
A woman’s collision with a deer in central Nebraska caused a head-on crash with another vehicle that killed a 21-year-old man.
AAA offering tips for motorists about deer
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B8
Kansans are getting advice on driving safely during deer mating season.
PSU to replace Vietnam War Memorial
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B8
A replica of the Vietnam Memorial that has stood at a southeast Kansas university since 2004 is being removed because weather has worn away many of the names of the dead or missing.
Warmer, wetter weather helping strengthen crop supply
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B3
Warmer and wetter weather in large swaths of the country have helped farmers grow corn, soybeans and other crops in some regions that only a few decades ago were too dry or cold, experts who are studying the change said.
2 militants dead in raid in West Bank
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A8
Israeli troops in the West Bank killed two senior Hamas militants, and a settler leader struck a rock-wielding Palestinian youth with his car Friday in disputed east Jerusalem as tensions rose over stalled peace talks.
Easing of blockade not enough to rebuild Gaza
October 9, 2010
Israel’s decision to allow some construction material into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip is barely making a dent in alleviating a crushing housing shortage in the impoverished Palestinian territory.
Official: North Koreans will follow Kim Jong Un
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A8
A top official told APTN on Friday that North Koreans will be honored to follow the youngest son of Kim Jong Il as the third-generation leader of the communist nation. The remarks were the first official comment about the future of Kim Jong Un, who just last week made his public debut.
Iraqi P.M. expects to announce coalition next week
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A8
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Friday his Shiite coalition is close to forming a government and could announce a new coalition by next week, ending the country’s long-running political crisis.
Cyclist raising money for spill killed in crash
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A6
A Florida man on a cross-country bicycle ride to raise awareness and money for victims of this year’s massive Gulf oil spill was struck and killed by a passing vehicle just days before finishing the journey.
Dow closes above 11,000 for first time since May
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A6
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 11,000 for the first time in five months Friday as hopes built that the Federal Reserve will take more action to get the economy going again.
Little progress seen in climate talks
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Hopes dimmed for progress at climate talks in China as negotiators moved into their final day Saturday with little consensus.
Bank of America stops U.S. foreclosures for review
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A6
Bank of America on Friday halted foreclosures on homes across the country so it could review paperwork in tens of thousands of cases for flaws, expanding a crisis at a perilous time for the housing market.
Alaska moves toward legalized bear trapping
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A5
Alaska wildlife managers say they need help: A growing number of black bears are roaming the state, chowing down on too many caribou and moose and leaving too few for humans to eat.
National security adviser quits
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A5
Gen. James Jones, the gruff-talking military man President Barack Obama drafted as his national security adviser, announced Friday he was quitting after a tenure marked by ambitious foreign policy changes and undercurrents of corrosive turf battles.
Obama signs legislation to help disabled people use technology
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A5
Blind and deaf people will be able to more easily use smart phones, the Internet and other technologies that are staples of life and work under a bill signed into law on Friday.
Toxicity of red sludge flow drops
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
The concentration of toxic heavy metals where Hungary’s massive red sludge spill entered the Danube has dropped to the level allowed in drinking water, authorities said Friday, easing fears that Europe’s second longest river would be significantly polluted.
Bristol Palin didn’t break law going to bar
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B7
State investigators say they’ve found no violation of law by an Anchorage bar and grill related to “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Bristol Palin’s appearance there last month.
Rai calls twin films tough challenge
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B7
Indian superstar Aishwarya Rai says shooting two versions of the same movie simultaneously on a recent set posed the toughest challenge of her career.
Argh! Depp takes part in mutiny at school
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B7
Shiver me timbers! Actor Johnny Depp shocked a London school by answering a pupil’s fan letter and visiting classes dressed as his character from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series, teachers said Friday.
Next ‘Harry Potter’ flick will be 2-D only
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B7
The new “Harry Potter” film won’t be as dimensional as it was supposed to be.
Horse opera tackles tough issues
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B7
The made-for-TV drama “After the Fall” (7 p.m. today, Hallmark Movie Channel) grapples with spinal injury, paralysis and confronting life’s limitations as only a Hallmark movie can.
Horoscope for October 9, 2010
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B7
This year, you make a big difference wherever you put your efforts. You might decide to learn more about money and investments. Be careful with trusting only one person with your funding. If you are single, you are unusually desirable. However, take your time committing. If you are attached, you see and understand the differences in how you express your affection. Scorpio is intense.
1 school, 4 bullied teens dead by own hand
October 9, 2010 in print edition on D8
Sladjana Vidovic’s body lay in an open casket, dressed in the sparkly pink dress she had planned to wear to the prom. Days earlier, she had tied one end of a rope around her neck and the other around a bed post before jumping out her bedroom window.
FAA: Dangerous runway incidents down 50%
October 9, 2010 in print edition on D8
The number of near collisions on U.S. airport runways dropped to six in the last budget year, half as many as the year before.
Military news
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B5
Military news for the week of October 9, 2010.
Scouting news
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B5
Scouting news for the week of October 9, 2010
4-H and FCE news
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B5
4-H and FCE news for the week of October 9, 2010.
Pump patrol
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.63 at Presto, 1030 N. Third St.
Unfair criticism
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
I strongly disagree with the sentiment expressed in the editorial that appeared in Thursday’s paper. The Kansas Turnpike Authority and the Highway Patrol were scolded for failing to “oversee the situation,” which was a massive traffic jam that drivers were stuck in for hours.
China ties
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
News Item: On Sept. 29, the director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute announced that a high-ranking Chinese government official had warned him that giving this year’s peace prize to the jailed Chinese human rights advocate Liu Xiaobo would harm relations between Norway and China. Liu’s “crime,” for which he received an 11-year sentence last December, was to co-author a document calling for the end to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) dominance in China.
Go for No. 1
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
I am glad the Lowe’s store got a “no” for locating on West Sixth Street. I recently moved to Lawrence, upon retirement. The town has the rare mix of a progressive atmosphere and a feet-on-the-ground sense of reality. Lawrence has enough of the big boxes, including the “older” Walmart! If there must be a Lowe’s, it should be at Sixth and the SLT, further out. The gorgeous area west of the new Walmart should be reserved for public uses: parks, recreation and culture. Film and drama production activities, now lacking in Lawrence, can be coordinated near the new theatre.
Commission struggles with spending issues
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the four-term Texas Republican, hopes it is true that, as has been said, Americans invariably do the right thing — after exhausting all the alternatives. Regarding the fiscal imbalance that is driving the national debt toward 90 percent of GDP, Americans are running out of alternatives.
25 years ago: Sallie Mae planning new office building
October 9, 2010
The Student Loan Marketing Assn., commonly known as Sallie Mae, announced it was planning a $4.2 million office building in Lawrence. The 50,000-square-foot building was to be located on the northeast corner of the Sixth and Iowa intersection. The firm was already occupying 8,000 square feet of leased office space at 1919 Del. The company was planning to expand its current workforce of 70 to 125 by the fall of 1986, when the new building was expected to be finished, and then to 400 employees during the following two years.
100 years ago: Concerns raised about effect of pro play on college baseball
October 9, 2010
’If you students do not take proper steps to prevent professionalism this year, there is no question to me but that baseball will be abolished as a collegiate sport,’ said Prof. C. E. McClung of the Athletic Board. ‘It is squarely up to you students to assume the responsibility of seeing that your representatives are real amateurs.’
40 years ago: Students living off-campus list nicknames for homes
October 9, 2010
An article on off-campus student housing lists some of the names (some sarcastic, some affectionate) given by Kansas University students to the houses they lived in. Pooh Corner, The Crystal Palace, Manor Lodge, and The White House were some of the names mentioned.
Whole lotta love: Former Jayhawks, coach share limelight
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C1
It was up for debate, prior to Friday’s exhibition NBA basketball game at Sprint Center, whether Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers, Miami superstar LeBron James or Oklahoma City Thunder center Cole Aldrich would get the loudest cheer.
Bleak news for Democrats in jobs report
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
The economic die is cast, and it’s grim news for Democrats. There’s nothing now that Congress or President Barack Obama can do before the November elections to jolt the nation’s listless recovery.
Some Democrats back in contention, see glimmer of hope
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
With only weeks left in the campaign, some staggering Democrats have jumped back into contention in congressional and gubernatorial races around the country, giving the party glimmers of hope that Election Day won’t also be doomsday.
Gov. agrees to rethink rail tunnel cancellation
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
Under pressure from the Obama administration, Republican Gov. Chris Christie agreed Friday to rethink his decision to cancel construction of a $9 billion rail tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York City.
Lawrence man still in serious condition following accident
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B2
Jonathan C. Pogge, a 20-year-old Lawrence man, was still listed in serious condition Friday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., a hospital spokesman said.
Ministry hits the road to spread ‘the Word’ to bikers
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B5
Francis Nelson, pastor of the Redemption Center Church in North Topeka, has been riding motorcycles for years, but never seriously gave much thought to ministering to other bikers until earlier this year.
Phillies stage rally, beat error-prone Reds
October 9, 2010 in print edition on C7
Bright lights, glaring error.
Dying man hopes to return to family
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B4
Anthony Napoleone’s dying wish is to go home to Maine and spend what time he has left with his children.
Imprisoned dissident wins Peace Prize
October 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
China has long wanted a Nobel prize. Now that it has one, its leaders are furious.
Around and about
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B5
Around and about for the week of October 9, 2010.
Club news
October 9, 2010 in print edition on B5
Club news for the week of October 9, 2010.
A pastor’s travels: Trinity Lutheran’s minister wins grant for sabbatical
October 9, 2010 in print edition on D1
The Rev. Gary Teske now has a better understanding of our neighbors.